Future Watch: J.T. Compher Rookie Hockey Cards, Avalanche – J.T. Compher was drafted 35th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Always thought of as an important player in the Sabres system they had to part ways with him when they included him in a trade that brought Ryan O’Reilly to Buffalo and Compher was headed to Colorado.
Compher was traded at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He was already two years in at the University of Michigan. During his tenure with the team he racked-up 39 goals and 79 assists, that’s 118 points in 107 games. He earned numerous accolades; he was voted an All-Star, he captained his team to a Midwest Regionals appearance but lost to North Dakota. That was his last game for Michigan and his two-goal performance put a nice stamp on his college career.
Compher is used to playing on a big stage. He played in numerous tournaments for USA hockey including a gold medal performance in the 2012 U18s. Seth Jones (Columbus), Auston Matthews (Leafs) and Jacob Trouba (Jets) were all teammates.
This talented forward turned pro in 2016-17 when he played for the San Antonio Rampage, the Avalanche’s AHL affiliate. In 41 games, he had 13 goals and 17 assists. That kind of production got him an NHL call up in March of 2017. In 21 games, he notched three goals and five points. That was a solid start.
Here’s a look at his first NHL goal:
Compher extended his season playing for Team USA in the World Championships. In eight games, there he had two goals. That gave him something to work on over the summer.
This season he made the team out of camp. The Avalanche started out strong and so did he with three points in his first four games. Now, at the age of 22, he seems ready to have a nice season.
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